Life is getting better in the poor village where the 14th Dalai Lama was born and the local government has rebuilt the birthplace that pilgrims freely visit. Wang Ruoyao, Chen Guozhou and Li Na report. Sterile farmland, a terrible climate and harvest failures - this describes the harsh life that Lhamo Thondup, later given the title of Dalai Lama, and his extended family lived in a high plateau village. If you want to experience the life of Dalai Lama along your China tour, paying a visit to Hongai Village is highly recommended.
His parents worked hard year after year, but their efforts were often ruined by severe hail or drought, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso recalled in his autobiography, which was published in 1991. He spent four years living in the remote village formerly known as Taktser, which is located on the eastern fringe of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, until he was identified in 1939 as the incarnation of the deceased 13th Dalai Lama. It is no wonder that so many China educational tours have arranged the Hongai Village along their itinerary, offering students chances to know the life of Dalai Lama.
Twenty years later, the Tibetan spiritual leader fled Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, and has been living in exile for more than half a century. In a speech the 75-year-old Dalai Lama delivered last Thursday in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, he alleged that he would resign his political role and devolve his formal authority to an elected leader. Carry the
China maps of these area before heading to the Hongai Village.
Renamed "Hongai," the village is now home to 274 residents, including 44 Tibetan families and 25 Han families. It is administered by Shihuiyao Township in Ping'an County in the northwestern province of Qinghai. For generations local residents have made a living by growing highland barley and potatoes. Even today, Hongai Village is among the most impoverished villages in less-developed Qinghai. Check the China weather before heading to the Hongai Village in order to ensure a pleasant travel.
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